Court Expands Victim Protection for Lawsuits on Police Use of Force

The Supreme Court on Thursday expanded protection for those who sue after being injured by police, saying that an unconstitutional “seizure” can take place even if the person is able to avoid being detained or arrested. In related news, the New York City Council passed legislation aimed at reining in police misconduct by making it far easier to sue officers for conducting illegal searches or using excessive force.


Prosecutors and the ‘Moral Imperative’ for Transparency

The planned release of seven years of data by Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance Jr. to illustrate how race and gender influence charging decisions is another step in the emerging national movement to demystify a system that has been opaque too long, write two open-government advocates.